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Iceland and EEA assure Brexit residency rights

11.02.2019 - 13:39
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The EFTA countries within the European single market have completed their negotiations with the UK over continued citizens’ rights in the event the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal. The agreement ensures continued residency rights for Icelandic, Norwegian, and Liechtenstein nationals living in the UK, and British citizens in those countries after Brexit.

The Icelandic prime ministry and the British ambassador in Iceland both confirmed the news that the agreement will come into effect even if the UK bombs out of the EU without a deal on 29th March this year. 

The three EEA countries already agreed a similar deal with the UK last year, but that agreement would only go into effect if the UK and EU reach a Brexit deal. British prime minister Theresa May has so far failed to get her negotiated Brexit deal through parliament in London. 

“The Icelandic authorities have prepared themselves for various scenarios, among them that the UK leaves the EU with no deal. This is an important outcome of that work that assures the rights of Icelandic and British citizens regardless of whether negotiations between the UK and the EU conclude with an agreed contract,” said Icelandic foreign minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson.